High seas forecast

Issued by the Met Office at

For the period until

Storm warnings

At 170000UTC, low 46 north 36 west 997 expected 49 north 20 west 1003 by 180000UTC. Winds will continue to reach storm force 10 between 30 and 100 miles from the centre in the southwestern quadrant until 171800UTC. New low expected 47 north 52 west 960 by same time. Southeasterly winds will reach storm force 10 in the southwest of West Central Section after 172100UTC and in the northwest of West Central Section after 180000UTC

General synopsis

At 170000UTC, low 46 north 36 west 997 expected 49 north 20 west 1003 by 180000UTC. New low expected 47 north 52 west 960 by same time. Low 60 north 12 west 972 expected 65 north 03 west 979 by that time. at 170000UTC, low 52 north 37 west 1004, expected 60 north 28 west 1007 by 180000UTC. Low 66 north 26 west 985 expected 67 north 30 west 1003 by same time. New high expected southern Greenland 1014 by that time. Low 62 north 40 west 994, losing its identity. High 75 north 17 west 1017 dissipating

Area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Sole

West, backing south later, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8. Rough or very rough. Thundery showers, rain later. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later.

Shannon

West backing southeast later, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8. Rough or very rough. Showers, rain later. Good, occasionally poor later.

Rockall

Westerly or northwesterly 6 to gale 8, decreasing 4 or 5 later in south. Rough or very rough, occasionally high at first in north. Wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Bailey

Northwest 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 at first. Very rough or high. Rain or wintry showers. Moderate or poor.

Faeroes

Cyclonic becoming northwesterly 7 to severe gale 9. Rough or very rough, becoming very rough or high. Occasional rain or sleet. Moderate or poor.

Southeast Iceland

Cyclonic becoming northwesterly 7 to severe gale 9. Rough or very rough, becoming very rough or high. Occasional rain or sleet. Moderate or poor.

East Northern Section

In eastern half of area

Northwesterly 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first in northeast, backing westerly or southwesterly later, 5 to 7, but becoming variable 4 in south. Rough or very rough, occasionally moderate near iceland and later in south. Wintry showers, occasional rain or sleet later in north. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later in north.

In western half of area

Westerly 4 or 5, becoming cyclonic, mainly southerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 for a time in south. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough. Wintry showers, occasional rain or sleet for a time. Moderate or good, occasionally poor for a time.

West Northern Section

In northern half of area

Southwesterly backing southerly, but becoming cyclonic in northwest, 5 or 6, occasionally 7 at times in north. Moderate or rough. Occasional snow or snow showers. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor, especially in northwest.

In southeast

Cyclonic 6 to gale 8, becoming westerly 4 or 5, then backing southeasterly later, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in southwest. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough. Occasional rain, sleet or wintry showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

In southwest

Cyclonic 5 to 7, becoming westerly 4 or 5, then backing southeasterly 7 to severe gale 9 later. Moderate or rough, becoming very rough or high later. Occasional rain, sleet or wintry showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

East Central Section

In northwest

Variable 3 or 4 at first in east, otherwise southeasterly backing easterly for a time, 5 or 6, increasing 7 or gale 8 for a time in south. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough. Rain for a time in south. Good, becoming moderate for a time in south.

In northeast

Northwesterly 5 to 7, becoming variable 4, then easterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later in south. Rough or very rough. Wintry showers, rain later. Good, occasionally moderate later.

In southeast

Westerly 5 or 6, backing southerly, then becoming cyclonic, mainly westerly later, 7 to severe gale 9. Rough or very rough, becoming very rough or high later. Rain or thundery showers for a time. Good becoming moderate or poor for a time.

In southwest

Southeasterly becoming cyclonic, then mainly westerly, 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 for a time in west, decreasing 5 or 6 later. Rough or very rough, becoming very rough or high for a time. Rain or thundery showers, becoming mainly fair. Moderate or poor, becoming good.

West Central Section

In southern half of area

Cyclonic gale 8 to storm 10, becoming variable 3 or 4, then southerly or southeasterly later, 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 in west. Very rough or high. Occasional rain or thundery showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

In northwest

Cyclonic, becoming westerly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in northeast, then variable 3 or 4, then becoming southeasterly 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 later. Moderate or rough, becoming high later. Showers, rain later. Good becoming moderate or poor later.

In northeast

Southerly becoming cyclonic 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in north, becoming variable 3 or 4, then southeasterly 7 to severe gale 9 later. Moderate or rough, becoming very rough or high later. Occasional rain or wintry showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Denmark Strait

Northerly or northeasterly 7 to severe gale 9 at first near ice edge in north, otherwise cyclonic 5 to 7, decreasing 4 at times later. Moderate or rough. Occasional snow. Moderate or very poor. Moderate or severe icing near ice edge in north, becoming light later, temperatures ms03 to ms06.

North Iceland

In northern half of area

Northerly or northeasterly near ice edge, otherwise easterly 5 or 6, but mainly 4 in north. Moderate or rough. Snow in west. Moderate or very poor in west, otherwise good. Light icing at first, temperatures near ms02.

In southwest

Cyclonic 5 to 7, becoming mainly northwesterly, except in north, 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 later in southeast. Rough or very rough. Occasional rain or snow. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor. Moderate icing in far west with temperatures ms03 to ms06.

In southeast

Cyclonic 6 to gale 8, becoming northwesterly 7 to severe gale 9 later, except in northeast. Rough or very rough, occasionally high in far southeast. Occasional rain or sleet. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Norwegian Basin

Cyclonic, mainly southerly, becoming westerly or northwesterly later, 7 to severe gale 9. Very rough or high. Occasional rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

Outlook for following 24 hours

Violent storms expected in Denmark Strait with storms in West Northern Section and West Central Section. Gales or severe gales expected in all other areas.

Unscheduled storm warnings are broadcast via Safetynet and in bulletin WONT54 EGRR available via some internet and ftpmail outlets

Storm warnings

Storm warnings, issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

Bailey, East Central Section and West Central Section.

Issued:

At 170000UTC, low 46 north 36 west 997 expected 49 north 20 west 1003 by 180000UTC. Winds will continue to reach storm force 10 between 30 and 100 miles from the centre in the southwestern quadrant until 171800UTC. New low expected 47 north 52 west 960 by same time. Southeasterly winds will reach storm force 10 in the southwest of West Central Section after 172100UTC and in the northwest of West Central Section after 180000UTC.